Cable fight threatens NLCS; World Series in Philly and New York


There’s a re-transmission rights fight going on between FOX and Cablevision that could put the NLCS and the World Series in peril for New York and Philly Cablevision subscribers:

Fox and Cablevision ramped up the war of words behind their retransmission battle Tuesday. Both
sides dug their heels in, as it began to look less likely that a deal
could be hammered out by midnight Saturday morning — when the cable
operator’s deal to carry WNYW and WWOR in New York and WTXF in
Philadelphia (as well as select News Corp.-owned cable networks) is set
to expire.

This has become a quite familiar story. Network wants $X per subscriber to allow the cable company to carry the station, cable company wants to pay something less than $X. Most of the time the stuff gets worked out before the big game, whatever it is.

But if not: hey, you got some old rabbit ears in the hall closet, your friend has a satellite dish and there’s a bar down the street, right?

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.